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    HR Technology Conference - Take Your Chances

    Finally made it home from the HR Technology Conference in Chicago and still trying to process all the information from meeting vendors, attending sessions, and talking to old and new friends.

    And recovering from Thursday night's Epic HR Happy Hour show.

    One thing I noticed as I walked the massive Expo hall that in the Taleo booth (and I suspect a few others), there was a giant prize wheel that prospects, customers, or random passers-by could spin for the chance to win items like Subway gift cards, Amazon.com credits, or free stays at a popular resort.

    You did have to get your badge scanned and listen to the 10 minute overview of Taleo 10 for the chance to spin the  wheel. It did seem a bit too 'time share presentation-ish' for me, but I get the need for vendors to capture prospect information at the show.

    After the demo I attended was completed, and one lucky attendee spun the prize wheel, (I think he won a free Quiznos Sub), I thought a more fun 'prize wheel' would have all the possible outcomes of a major talent management implementation project.

    Maybe the wheel would look something like this:


    Technology projects, especially large complex ones, are tricky undertakings.  So many things are needed to hit the sweet spot on the wheel, and achieve enduring organizational transformation.  Correct understanding of the important business issues, selection of the correct tool to address these problems, effective project management, executive support, a vendor not only committed to customer success, but also one with a sound and perhaps even visionary product strategy, and managers and users that see the value the real 'What is in this for me' of the solution.

    Missing any one of these key factors might be enough to scupper the project.  But without them, your chance for success are dicey at best, and indeed you are just spinning the wheel of technology fortune and you may not even realize it.


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    Reader Comments (17)

    Just smiling reading this : ) Nice post Mr. Boese!

    October 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrish McFarlane

    Thanks Trish! Hope you had fun at the conference!

    October 3, 2009 | Registered CommenterSteve

    Good post. Sorry I missed the show; would definitely have enjoyed.


    October 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoel White

    Cynical perhaps, but I have always thought that you trot out a spinning prize wheel when you have nothing remarkable to show product/service-wise...

    October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam

    Joel - thanks very much for reading and your comments. It was a really good show, a bit over the top in places, but informative and interesting.

    William - It was not really needed in my opinion. The vendor had a very interesting set of products to demo, the 'win a $5 Subway sandwich' sort of diminished the overall vibe. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

    October 4, 2009 | Registered CommenterSteve

    wow! we must have been on the same "WITFM" wavelength. I think if I drew up that wheel I'd make a few of the "pies' larger but then again I'm jaded in general ;-).

    October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeg Bear

    @Meg - Thanks very much! I agree the WITFM criteria is getting more important every day. Forgive the crude diagram, I actually made it on the bumpy flight home from Chicago!

    October 7, 2009 | Registered CommenterSteve

    OMG. You are too funny and unfortunately too accurate. I thought it was de rigueur to have a spinning wheel on the show floor. Do I get points now for using de rigueur twice in 2 weeks?

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